Explore the Stars

Glentanner Park is your home to explore the spectacular stars of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The Mount Cook region's gold-rated skies are almost entirely free of light pollution, and draw visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a nighttime stroll from your Glentanner cabin or campsite and view glittering constellations from the quiet shores of Lake Pukaki. It's simply one of the best stargazing sites on earth.

Want a closer look? Our staff can book your tour of the stars at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre in nearby Aoraki Mt Cook Village.

Please contact us to book your tour of the southern skies. You can also book a stargazing tour and other Mount Cook activities in conjunction with your accommodation booking.

 Big Sky Stargazing

The Big Sky Stargazing tour departs every evening, all year round from the 1st of October 2019.

Until the 30th September 2018 the tour will be operating exclusively outdoors on fine days/nights where experienced guides explain the night sky above Aoraki Mt.Cook.

On clear nights you will look at the Southern Night Sky outdoors where astronomy guides use state-of-the-art telescopes and high-powered binoculars to explore the heavens over Aoraki Mt Cook. The duration of the outdoor tour is around 90 min. Transportation from The Hermitage Hotel in Aoraki Mt.Cook Village is provided.

On cloudy day the tour will be virtually in the first full dome digital Planetarium. The guides will take you through a "life" orientation of the night sky. This tour will take around 1 hour.

Departure Time

Exact departure times vary depending on the time of year.

Departure Point

The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook Village

Activity Duration

The full tour includes both the planetarium and outdoor segments of the programme and lasts approximately 2 hours.

Full Tour, Adult: until 30/09/18: $75.00, from 01/10/18: $78
Full Tour, Child: until 30/09/18 $37.50, from 01/10/18: $45

Children 4 - 14 years

Strictly no children under the age of 4

All prices are in New Zealand dollars valid until 30/09/2019.